After winning her opening-round singles match against Alison Van Uytvanck in straight sets, Emma Raducanu declared that she is prepared to apply the lessons she gained from her breakthrough year to this Wimbledon.
In 101 minutes, Raducanu defeated Van Uytvanck, winning 6-4, 6-4 in her debut match on Centre Court.
It’s fantastic to play on Centre Court and win your first game, remarked Raducanu. “Now I’m just going to have a nice first experience every time I go back,” the student said.
After being eliminated in the fourth round of last year’s Wimbledon main event, Raducanu came back this year. She received a wild card to Wimbledon last year and was seeded 338th; this time around, she was on Centre Court as the current US Open winner and was ranked No. 11.
However, due to a side strain, Raducanu had only played seven games (not matches) of grass-court tennis all season, raising concerns about her fitness going into the competition. But in her first game on Wimbledon’s main court, she won in straight sets for the first Grand Slam victory since the US Open in 2016.
Raducanu declared, “I most definitely have a really nice spirit.” How are you not playing here, like? Even just moving around makes you feel happy. In the past year, I feel like I’ve learned a lot.
“However, not everything has been bad. Every Slam started with a victory for me. I basically just took my gap year when I was 19 and am starting again now.
“I believe that any 19-year-old stepping onto Centre Court would be a good experience for you if the previous year hadn’t occurred. It was, too. And I certainly demonstrated that today.
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Raducanu said that she had drawn inspiration from Rafael Nadal’s ability to overcome injury to win both the Australian Open and the French Open this year while wearing items from his clothing line after the match.
Raducanu stated, “I believe Rafa simply embodies combat, that sort of energy. “I’ll be bringing that in. I believe that I have had a difficult year in terms of energy, as if it were any mystery. Simply going out on Center Court and winning like that makes it all worthwhile.
“I am undoubtedly delighted to be here. The lessons I’ve learned during the past year will serve me well in the future.
The first set got off to a shaky start, but Raducanu and Van Uytvanck traded serve breaks before Raducanu broke the Belgian to make it 5-4 and then served out the game. Similar events occurred in the second set, with Raducanu breaking at the crucial time of 4-4 to serve out a 6-4 victory and end the match by converting the second of three match points.
After a few of weeks that were hampered by injury, Raducanu will focus her preparation for her second-round match against Caroline Garcia on Wednesday on managing her pace.
After just playing the game, Raducanu claimed, “I think that right now I think that I’m still, like, very much on adrenaline.” “I had a pleasant feeling there. Physically, the second set was challenging at times, but I kept telling myself to “push through” and win in two sets to avoid having to play three. That is the strategy.
Last year at this time, Raducanu managed to avoid detection, but anonymity didn’t help this time.
“You gain knowledge from every competition or game you participate in. It makes everything into a useful tool for the future, according to Raducanu.
“In a way, I think it benefits when you play someone you haven’t played before since no one knows you or your game. Due to the fact that nobody really knew who I was last summer, I had a wonderful experience with it.
Since then, I believe that people have seen me and improved their level, their performance, and their tennis. I haven’t necessarily had a poor performance in many of the games.
“I believe that returning here will always be a special competition for me, my home competition. I had amazing recollections. Simply put, I’m eager to return and play here.
No. 2 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, No. 3 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, No. 24 Elise Mertens of Belgium, and No. 29 Anhelina Kalinina of Ukraine were among the other women who advanced as seeds. In the second round, Kalinina will compete against Lesia Tsurenko, another Ukrainian.
The first person to advance to the second round was an American named Alison Riske. Ylena In-Albon of Switzerland was upset by the American, the 28th seed, 6-2, 6-4.
Elena Rybakina : U.S. Open Contender
If the likes of defending champion Iga Swiatek, world number two Aryna Sabalenka and in-form American Coco Gauff falter in this year’s tournament, there are a handful of contenders ready to swoop in – chief among whom may be Elena Rybakina
With eight different women having lifted the U.S. Open trophy in the last nine years, the crowds at Flushing Meadows are well-accustomed to seeing pre-tournament favourites fail to deliver.
If the likes of defending champion Iga Swiatek, world number two Aryna Sabalenka and in-form American Coco Gauff falter in this year’s tournament, there are a handful of contenders ready to swoop in – chief among whom may be Elena Rybakina.
While her greatest success has come on grass, 2022 Wimbledon champion Rybakina’s style can be devastating on hard courts, as she showed in some key clashes with major rivals on the surface this year.
The 24-year-old beat Sabalenka in the Indian Wells final and got the better of Swiatek in straight sets at both the Australian Open and Indian Wells.
However, Elena Rybakina has had her momentum disrupted by an injury, which forced her to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters, meaning doubts over her fitness will hang over the fourth-ranked Kazakh when she begins her U.S. Open campaign next week.
Maria Sakkari marked her 100th consecutive week in the top 10 of the women’s rankings earlier this month, but for all the Greek’s success in recent years, a Grand Slam title has eluded her.
Sakkari, who fell to Gauff in the Washington final this month, will continue her quest for a first major trophy at the U.S. Open, where she reached the semi-final in 2021.
“Starting the U.S. swing with a final and playing good tennis, it’s actually one of the few times I have done it, Sakkari told reporters after her defeat to Gauff. “So I believe it’s going to help me, but no one knows for sure.”
Caroline Garcia will be hoping to improve on her run to the semi-final at last year’s U.S. Open, though the Frenchwoman’s preparations have been far from ideal.
Garcia suffered first-round losses in Washington and Montreal, which were followed by a defeat to Sloane Stephens in her opening game in Cincinnati – where she was the defending champion.
The Czech Republic will have a strong contingent at the tournament with Marketa Vondrousova, Karolina Muchova, Petra Kvitova and Barbora Krejcikova ranked ninth through 12th in the WTA rankings.
Muchova will be feeling particularly confident, having reached the final of the Cincinnati Masters with wins over two top-10 ranked players — Sabalenka and Sakkari.
“Me and Marketa were last year outside of 200. It’s really nice,” Muchova told reporters. “Then there is another bunch of Czechs behind us. It’s nice to see that they’re doing great.”
Muchova’s compatriot Vondrousova will be hoping to build on her title-winning Wimbledon run, while two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova is one of the most experienced players in the draw and will prove a tough test for any opponent.
The presence of former world number ones Venus Williams and Caroline Wozniacki, who have been given wild cards by organisers, adds another layer of unpredictability to the draw.
Wozniacki, who announced in June that she was coming out of retirement, has played three competitive matches since her return – winning one and losing two.
Seven-times Grand Slam winner Williams had looked in good nick, earning a win over 16th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova in Cincinnati, but withdrew from the Tennis in the Land tournament with a knee injury, leaving her U.S. Open participation in question.
Dominic Thiem admits rib injury, aiming for Davis Cup preparation
Dominic Thiem recognized that he supported a rib injury at the Australian Open. He would attempt to recuperate in time for the Davis Cup qualifiers that start the next month.
Previous U.S. Open champ Thiem has dove to number 98 on the planet because of his ongoing physical issue issues.
The 29-year-old Austrian was given a special case to the Australian Open, where he lost to fifth seed Andrey Rublev in straight sets subsequent to pulling a rib muscle while serving.
“Tragically, the year didn’t get off to the beginning I had expected. I needed to do the best that I can with, particularly in Melbourne, yet I tore a little muscle fiber in my rib “Posted on Instagram by Thiem.
“Because of the discoveries, contending in the Davis Cup ought to be practical. I’ll do all that I can this approaching week to rehearse hard and become in shape.”
Australian Open 2023:Rafael Nadal practices in front of a large crowd.
Rafael Nadal has a lot of fans. The top-seeded player, who will start his Australian Open campaign on Monday against left-handed opponent Jack Draper, walked out for his first practice session in front of a crowd that was packed outside the arena.
Nadal has played seven matches since the end of the last season. He has a record of 0-7, and he is 0-2 so far this year. Nadal is the current champion of the men’s singles event in Australia.
Even though Nadal is the defending champion at Melbourne Park thanks to his comeback from two sets down in last year’s final, which he called “one of the most emotional victories of my tennis career,” he is currently going through one of the worst stretches of his career. So far in 2023, he is 0-2 and has only won one of the seven games he has played since the end of the previous season.
When asked about how weak he felt at a news conference before the tournament on Saturday, Nadal didn’t try to hide anything.
“Yeah. Without knowing, “The 36-year-old man from Spain had a lot of health problems in 2022, including pain in his left foot that wouldn’t go away, broken rib cartilage, and a torn abdominal muscle. Many bad things were said to happen to him in the year 2022. “I’ve had more setbacks than usual lately…. It’s something I have to deal with if I want to keep going and win battles.